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Maple syrup season in Erie County

[photo1]ERIE COUNTY — The Erie County Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry has announced that it will offer tours and maple syrup-making demonstrations at its syrup production facility on Genesee Road in East Concord, beginning March 16 and continuing through the end of the season, some time in April.

The forestry’s Sugar Shanty annually produces 200 – 300 gallons of 100 percent pure maple syrup, which is available for purchase on-site, or by contacting the parks department.

“I encourage all residents to enjoy some time at the Sugar Shanty, in these coming weeks, learning about how maple syrup is made, right here in Erie County,” said Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz.

“From our trees to your breakfast table, this is one of the sweetest aspects of life here and, while it is available, this is certainly some of the best-tasting syrup you can get.”

County Forester Ed Kowalski will be present on Saturdays, from 9 – 10:30 a.m., to explain the history and process of making maple syrup from sugar maples on county forest property.

Groups can arrange weekday tours by calling the Erie County Bureau of Forestry, 7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., at 496-7410. Tours are free and open to the public.

For more information and directions to the syrup-making facility, visit the parks department website at

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